Okay so this is not art related and probably nobody except me cares anyway but whatever it's my blog.
SO! this is what happened to me on Saturday: I MET DAVID BYRNE. This is a Big Deal.
In case you are unfamiliar:
Okay so anyway the point is he is my favourite person ever and was the frontman for my favourite band ever and on Saturday he was speaking at the Toronto Festival of Authors about like, bicycling and city planning. So Jenna, and our two best friends Nick and Anthony and I got tickets and showed up like two hours early because we are all obsessive fans to an extent that verges on creepy personality cult. As a result, we got front row seats because everybody else attending the talk was middle aged and probably not as enthusiastic about things as they used to be. So for like an hour we were a mere TEN FEET from David Byrne (and the other people speaking on the panel, which included Jack Layton for some reason). THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH FOR US. But there is more.
Our friend Nick builds synthesizers out of trash: old electronics and toys and other junk that people throw out. They are actually pretty genius and they make obnoxious grating electronic noise music. He decided to build one and bring it to the talk so that on the incredibly remote chance that we might be able to meet David Byrne he could give it to him as a gift.
So at the end of the talk, when the speakers were getting up and walking off-stage, we were like "DAVID BYRNE" and because we're clearly awesome he was like "okay!" and totally came right over!! Nick gave him the synthesizer and he knelt down and let Nick show him how to work it, and he was totally interested and polite and knew all about the crazy shit going on in Nick's instrument which is totally beyond me. Anyway it was amazing and he was totally great and everybody else in the theatre crowded behind us and tried to get his attention but he was only into us!
Here we are giving him the synthesizer. Some nice lady was excited for us and took all of these pictures and sent them to us! Check out Jack Layton trying to get in on the action. He wants to be hip with the kids too. We've actually met him before and he totally recognized Nick.
I take credit for this awesome picture:
WE SHOOK HIS HAND. It was soft and warm! We told David Byrne that we liked Brian Eno too and asked him to say hi to Brian for us and he was like "k!"Here we are shortly afterward on the BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES. I'm not even kidding. I'm still all fluttery about it.